Proper tree care, especially here in Texas where soil conditions are dry, pests are abundant and disease can easily manifest, is essential for the well being of Arlington’s urban tree canopy. Our trees require special care to provide us with many years of environmental benefits and enjoyment for generations to come.
The benefits of trees are numerous:
- Increase Property Values
- Decrease Energy Usage
- Improve Air Quality
- Reduce Storm Water Runoff
- Decrease Soil Erosion
- Improve Water Quality
- Create Wildlife Habitats
- Increase Community Pride and Beauty
- Increase Recreational Opportunities
- Reduce Noise Levels
- Create Buffer Zones
We often get questions about proper tree caring techniques and general inquiries about native tree care. To answer some of the most common questions, we teamed up with the City of Arlington’s Forestry Division and Heather Dowell, the Urban Forestry Land Manager.
How should Arlington residents care for their trees during a drought?
Where should I plant my new tree?
Oncor’s Know Before You Grow program provides informational tools on determining the right location to plant and grow your tree(s). You can download their brochure to ensure you are taking all necessary precautions to place your tree in the most desired location.
What kind of tree is best for someone living in Arlington?
The Texas Forest Service has wonderful tree selector tool on their website which anyone can utilize to research native tree species who not only can tollerate brutal Texas summers but also thrive in them. Additionally, this website has at-a-glance tree planting tools. There is also a Native Plant Guide available on the Forestry’s webpage that can provide Arlington residents with a brief overview and general description of the best trees for our area.
So what do I really need to be concerned about when it comes to the health of my tree?
As with any living thing, you need to be vigilant in keeping a sharp eye on the general health of your tree paying particular attention to:
My home doesn’t have a lot of trees. Does the City have a program which provides trees to homeowners and businesses?
Yes! The City of Arlington’s Forestry Division has a program called LEAF (Lets Enhance Arlington’s Forests) which provides FREE trees to the Arlington community every year. LEAF is currently accepting applications for free trees. To find out more about the LEAF program click here or contact the City of Arlington’s Urban Forestry and Land Manager, Heather Dowell. We also invite the community to visit our booth at the annual Ecofest festival where we will again be distributing free trees.